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Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons

Marina Milojević | 03.21.17 | 08:37 PM

On the occasion of the BaselWorld 2017, Jaquet Droz introduces two new models of the Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons. Both of them feature beautiful dials portraying the magic of the nature awakening. The models, exploring the theme of naturalism in decorative arts, are also a subtle nod to Pierre Jaquet-Droz, who was particularly inspired by the natural world, and his native Jura.

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons

Today, from the Ateliers de Haute Horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds two new pieces are emerging, two new versions of the Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons. Following on from the fall and winter, the house of Jaquet Droz now introduces two models paying homage to spring and summer. Thanks to the off-centered hours and minutes dial at 12 o’clock, the large canvas of the mother of pearl dial has become a space for artistic expression.

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons

The fragile nacre has been delicately hand-engraved to represent a wide blue sky that shimmers with every movement of the wrist. Two pairs of blue tit birds, carved from gold, then engraved and painted by hand, are set against the mother-of-pearl backdrop. The two decorations, two designs of hands and the domed sapphire crystal were specially designed to enhance the three-dimensional effect of the birds, which are native to the La Chaux-de-Fonds province.

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons

The blossoming plum tree appears encased of the white gold and diamond-set case of the Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons, evoking the look of spring. The second version, dedicated to the summer, features a warm, sunshiny palette of yellows and browns, echoed by the red gold case and hands, and a chocolate-brown alligator strap.

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons

The watches, measuring 41mm in diameter, are powered by the self-winding mechanical movement Jaquet Droz 2653.Si. The 28-jewel movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, and provides 68 hours of power reserve. Visible from the case-back, it features a beautiful 18-karat white gold oscillating weight with white mother-of-pearl and hand-patinated and engraved bird applique in 22-karat red gold.

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons comes in a limited edition of just 88 pieces per version. These two timepieces come with a certificate of authenticity signed by the very Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art artisans who worked on the creations. The price is CHF 63,750 for pink gold, and CHF 73,450 for white gold with diamonds.

  • J005023283 – 18-karat red gold
  • J005024576 - 18-karat white gold case set with 272 diamonds, buckle set with 24 diamonds, total of 1.16 carats.

Photos courtesy of Jaquet Droz.

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